The three fraudsters have been sent to jail for their parts in defrauding a Casino in Monte Carlo.
A 49-year old man, Sajid Rashid, alongside two of his cohorts, Qamar Hussain and Zahidul Haque Khan have been thrown behind bars for cheating at a Casino. The ardent gamblers had pocketed about £2.9m at Roulette by swapping tokens worth 10 euros for bigger ones worth 1000 euros.
At several times when they visited the elegant Casino de Monte-Carlo which has been featured few times in James Bond movies, the Bosses at the gambling house had been really impressed by their gambling prowess that they even put the trio in a luxury hotel and lavished them with foods and drinks.
The ringleader, Sajid, is a known fraudster, having been jailed once before for an offence of a similar nature. According to French police, the criminal has used about 28 different names in several countries of the world.
The Pakistan-born gang leader recruited the two others and went on to carry out the ingenious scheme of switching tokens, and continued to do so for quite a long time at the Monte Carlo casino- the scam lasted for over a year before they were discovered.
Speaking in a statement, the head of the government service in charge of gambling houses, Mr. Christian Ollier said in awe of the devious skill exhibited by the scammers: “These gentlemen were very good.”
Despite defrauding the casino of almost four million euros, the men, believed to be residents in the UK, have been asked to pay back only 850,000euros- an amount less than half of what they got away with.
In addition, however, the three men were given prison sentences of between ten to thirty months, by a court in the classy Mediterranean Principality of Monaco. Sajid and his main accomplice, Hussain were both sentenced to 30 months in prison, while the third man denied any misdeed claiming that he had only gone out to enjoy a stick of cigarette and something to eat. Surveillance cameras however caught him repeatedly slipping tokens into his pocket.
The men are now being housed in Monaco’s tiny jail which has only 20 cells.